It’s commonly perceived that the vertically-challenged male has been dealt the short end of the genetic stick. Rarely does a woman think to herself: “Damn, I really want to date a man I tower over,” nor does she want to sleep with the guy who makes her feel like some Amazonian ogre. It’s a harsh fate for the stout, but something one can’t do much about once puberty doesn’t deliver on the anticipated growth spurt.
However, short-shaming could be a huge misconception, or at least something that sounds better in theory; because research recently discovered short guys have more sex than those who stand closer to the clouds.
The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, recruited 531 straight men between the ages of 20 to 54 who have healthy sexual relationships with their partners, and inquired about their sexual frequency, health, lifestyle, as well as their height, weight, BMI and waist circumference.
Not surprising, men ages 25 to 29 who weighed in at a respectable 172 pounds and possessed other physically attractive attributes reported having the most sex. But the more intriguing discovery in this strain of research was the headline-maker: the perpetually passed-on short guy is actually getting laid more often than their physically preferred counterpart.
Guys shorter than five feet nine inches reported having the most sex. Which is kind of a big deal, for short guys at least. This is the first study to combat the belief that taller men get more women, and it essentially delivered the opposite result of what we’d expect. So much for tall, dark and handsome.
Also worth noting, was that men with wider waistlines were recorded in the lowest percentile of sexual activity. “Obesity and metabolic diseases can cause all types of sexual function to deteriorate in older age, whereas their effects may not yet be prominent at younger ages (below 45 years),” the study observed.
Since we can’t exactly alter our height, researchers recommend we focus on something we can control: our weight. Since obesity was found to be a huge detriment to one’s sexual health, it is recommended one work hard at preventing serious weight gain to improve not only their sex life and confidence but their physical health as well.
Even celebrities can’t fight a short man’s magnetism. Take Nicole Kidman for instance. First, she marries notable short guy Tom Cruise (5-7), to then marry Keith Urban who beats Cruise by just an inch (I’m speaking in height. Get your heads out of the gutter, people!). To compare, Kidman stands at 5-11. So needless to say, the heels probably stay at home, deep in some closet I’m sure is worth millions.
So let’s stop feeling bad for the short guy, alright? One can only assume they’re using this sad-sack story to get in your pants. And it’s working.